Tom Nelson’s Church History: The Footprints of God

Tom Nelson is not the Thomas Nelson of the publishing house by the same name; Tom Nelson is senior pastor of Denton Bible Church, Denton, Texas, and an wonderfully clear and biblical preacher.

Covering 2000 years of church history is no easy task. I’ve listened to many series on Church History and Tom’s is one of the most concise and accessible. In fact, it’s addicting. On a recent road trip I played the first session for my family of six and we listened to 8 sessions.

This is a great series that is informative, entertaining, challenging, and refreshing. Know where your theology came from, and download this excellent series on Church History. You won’t be disappointed.

Sermon 1 – The Age of Catholic Christianity A.D. 70-312
Sermon 2 – The Age of Imperial Christianity A.D. 312-590
Sermon 3 – The Age of Imperial Christianity (Part Two)
Sermon 4 – The Age of Christendom A.D. 590-1517
Sermon 5 – The Rumblings of Reform
Sermon 6 – The Age of Reformation A.D. 1517-1648
Sermon 7 – The Age of Reformation (Con’t) A.D. 1517-1648
Sermon 8 – The Age of Reason and Revival 1648 – 1789
Sermon 9: The First Great Awakening 1720-1740
Sermon 10: The Second Great Awakening 1787 – 1810
Sermon 11: The Revival of 1857: “The Layman’s Prayer Revival”
Sermon 12: The Rise of Liberalism: The Late 1800′s to Present
Sermon 13: The Rise of Pentecostalism: 1867 – Present

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Church History with Michael Reeves

The Breeze of the Centuries: Introducing Great Theologians - From the Apostolic Fathers to AquinasI recently spent a few full days traveling by car and passed the time listening to numerous messages by Michael Reeves on church history.  Reeves is an excellent teacher and his Church history series will give you an excellent grasp on the crucial figures, issues and writings of the past 2000 years, from Iraneaus and Justin Martyr to Luther, Calvin and the Puritans.

Reeves approach is to break down his talks into particular focuses. First he will talk about the life and historical background of say Thomas Aquinas, and then he will look at Aquinas’ theology by examining his major writings and why they were written.

Reeves looks at the following men of Church history:  Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, Athanasius, Anselm, Thomas Aquinas, Augustine, Martin Luther, Zwingli, & John Calvin.

I highly recommend this series as it helps us to see weaknesses in our present day theology. It’s not easily organized, so you have to poke around the Theology Network site to locate all of Reeves audio messages on Church history.

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John Owen, the Carl Trueman Lectures

Carl Trueman has given the church a magnificent window on this lofty Puritan John Owen.  This will give you a better grasp of this man, his life, his writings, and his theology.

  • John Owen: The Man and His Time
  • John Owen and the Practice of Theology
  • John Owen on God
  • John Owen on Christ
  • John Owen on the Holy Spirit
  • Always Singing One Note, Piper biography of Tyndale

    John Piper’s well-known biographical sketches have recieved an excellent edition on William Tyndale who spent his life translating and printing the Bible into English.  Piper discusses Erasmus’ great contribution in printing the first Greek New Testament, which prepared the way for Luther’s German Bible and Tyndales English Bible.

    Tyndale’s famous quote, “I defy the Pope and all his laws. . . . If God spare my life ere many years, I will cause a boy that driveth the plow, shall know more of the Scripture than thou dost.”

    Always Singing One Note–A Vernacular Bible
    Why William Tyndale Lived and Died
    2005 Desiring God Conference for Pastors

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